November 4, 2015- The Baltimore Tree Trust (BTT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to restoring the city’s urban forest and making Baltimore a more healthy and beautiful place to live through increased tree plantings, tree stewardship, community engagement, public education, advocacy, and research. Collaborating with the city’s TreeBaltimore program, nonprofit partners, private landowners, city residents, and businesses, the BTT seeks to help restore Baltimore’s aging tree canopy
During the summer Archbishop Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, entered into an agreement with the Baltimore Tree Trust. The agreement with the Archdiocese allows them to utilize the properties of the schools and parishes currently operating in the city to accomplish their mission. After several site visits and meetings, Archbishop Curley High School was chosen to participate in this process. On Wednesday, November 4th, the Baltimore Tree Trust planted 100 new trees on Curley’s campus as the first phase of a two year project. Next fall the Trust will execute Phase 2 of the plan and plant an additional 100 trees on campus.
Mr. John Kogler, Vice President for Finance and Facilities, said: “This effort not only beautifies our campus, but also increases the number of trees in the City of Baltimore and offers our students the opportunity to get involved.”
The Trust welcomed students and teachers to be involved in this process. Those from the Trust not only showed students how to correctly plant a tree, but also discussed with them the role that trees can play in runoff, soil erosion and importance for the environment of trees on properties like Curley. This project is fully funded through donations to the Trust and they will be maintained by the Trust for the next two years.
“St. Francis called all of creation his brothers and sisters in his Canticle of the Creatures, which Pope Francis recently used in his encyclical on care for the environment, Laudato Si,” said Fr. Donald Grzymski OFM Conv, ’70, President of Curley. “This project exemplifies one of the Franciscan Ideals of Curley, namely Concern for the Environment.”